We feel we have the right to sovereignty over our own lives. But do we? Is this, or has it ever been, the right of the Christian? Is it the difference between knowing Christ only as Savior or as both Savior and Lord?
“If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they will fear you.
2 Chronicles 7:14, Deuteronomy 28:10
“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.”
“Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Immanuel is Hebrew for “God with us.” “There shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse”; Jesse was the father of David, second king of Israel.
Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 11:1
He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”
“The key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder,” which in turn refers to Isaiah 9:6: “The government shall be upon His shoulder.” Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 28:18
In love a throne will be established; in faithfulness a man will sit on it–one from the house of David–one who in judging seeks justice and speeds the cause of righteousness. I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.
Isaiah 16:5, Isaiah 22:22
In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the LORD Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the LORD Almighty.”
Daniel 2:44, Daniel 9:25, Haggai 2:9
A remnant will return, a remnant of Jacob will return to the Mighty God. A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. His government and peace will have unlimited growth. He will establish David’s throne and kingdom. He will uphold it with justice and righteousness now and forever. The LORD of Armies is determined to do this!
Isaiah 10:21, Isaiah 11:1, Isaiah 9:7
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be handed over to the saints, the people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey him.
All this also comes from the LORD Almighty, wonderful in counsel and magnificent in wisdom.
God, who has called you into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. If this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment.
Do not be overcome with evil but overcome evil with good. Do not let any of the enemy’s attributes sully up the cleansing waters of the wellspring of My life that is in your heart. Never betray My trust–learn to not take any offense but it is to your glory to overlook them. Those that love Me, know that My divine love never fails and that it is to your credit to cover their sins with My love. Become My life streams in the barren wilderness of this world
–an oasis from the blasting heat of the waster of men’s lives–to you I will send them to find pools of refreshing in the presence of My Son, the King who sets men free from their creditors. Owe no man a thing but to love him!
Lord Jesus, I pray that I may become a channel of God’s Holy Spirit. May the releasing power of Your Royal Love flow through me into the lives of those around me. Amen
“I am coming soon; hold fast what you have so that no one may seize your crown. Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
1 Corinthians 1:9, Hebrews 10:23, 2 Peter 2:9,
Revelation 3:11, Luke 12:32